St. Paul’s cruises over Hammond in 6-5A win

St. Paul’s cruised to its 31st consecutive district victory with a 62-13 rout of outmanned Hammond in a District 6-5A game on Friday night at St. Paul’s.

The Wolves (3-2, 2-0) put the game away early by amassing 353 yards of offense in establishing a 56-6 halftime advantage.

Ryan O’Krepki completed all 11 of his passing attempts in the half for 296 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Marcus Gaines.

Gaines ran for a third when he zig-zagged through defenders scoring from 2 yards out to extend the lead 20-0 with 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Gaines retreated back to the 20-yard line when he was pursued by defenders.

“We were well prepared tonight,” Gaines said. “We executed well on both sides of the football.”

O’Krepki completed passes to six receivers. Gaines was on the receiving end of touchdown passes of 76 and 62 yards.

Mitreon Brumfield gave the Wolves a 6-0 lead when he caught a 25-yard strike from O’Krepki 3:32 into the game.

“Hammond is a good football team,” O’Krepki said. “We were able to get a jump on them early and take them out of the game. My offensive line did a great job tonight. Our receivers got in open spaces that allowed me to look good.”

The Wolves scored a defensive touchdown on the first play of the second quarter when Luke Posner intercepted Jeremy Smith’s pass and returned it 29 yards for a score for a 27-0 lead.

The Tors (2-3, 0-2) responded with a score on the ensuing possession when Cody Watts caught a 78-yard scoring strike from Reed Roberts.

St. Paul’s scored its lone touchdown of the second half with John Frey was on the receiving end of a 28-yard scoring pass from Kenny Sears.

Hammond scored a fourth-quarter touchdown when tight end Justin Chaney caught a 16-yard scoring pass from Roberts.